Clapham Common / Clapham South London, greater london
OUR EXCHANGES ARE IN COMPLETE CONFIDENCE. I AM BOUND BY THE ETHICS OF THE UK COUNCIL FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY
WHAT DO I OFFER ? - Primarily what you should expect or hope for in a competent professional therapist ! ( See the Short Section below )
1. I have a long and wide ranging experience of human problems in a variety of settings - both as a therapist and in my behavioural science research and consultancy careers.
No matter how confusing or upsetting your problem - your feelings of anger, hurt or shame about it - I've probably met something similar before. I respond well to a challenge and I'm here to help you - not to judge.
2. A thoughtful and well-structured approach is essential. I have a calm and accepting presence and a shrewd analytical mind. Although I have a very wide repertoire of helpful exercises and techniques to assist you - I communicate very clearly and without jargon - aiming to reassure you quickly that I am getting a proper grasp on things and that we are proceeding effectively.
On the other hand - apart from providing necessary support to enable you to cope - I only take initiatives with a problem when we have clarified the underlying processes sufficiently. Most people find great reassurance and already experience benefit in being helped in the initial stages to discover what really is going on.
3. When it comes to remedies and solutions - Ericksonian work is renowned for the ingenuity of its best practitioners. It is not a simple-minded band-aid approach involving the application of standard procedures . Instead we work together to evolve new and effective strategies. These are tailor-made for YOU to either eradicate your difficulties or to transform your ability to handle them in easy ways which fit in with your own natural qualities.
...... The aim and outcome is to create effortlessly flowing natural processes where formerly there was blocked energy, internal conflict and distress.
KEITH BIBBY Over 30yrs experience - Clapham Common practice & research in behavioural science, brief & long term Ericksonian psychotherapy & hypnotherapy with individuals, couples counselling and children.
49 Klea Avenue, Clapham Common SW4 9HG 0208 673 6311 www.hypno-psychotherapy-london.com Skype keith.bibby1
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What do you love most about your job?
WHAT DO I MOST LOVE ABOUT MY JOB ?
...... Working with clients is a great privilege. We are trusted with insights, private thoughts and feelings which they have often been unable to reveal to any other person.
...... We are guardians of a special space where we cut through the nonsense and talk with freedom and honesty - and where we deal properly with very real issues in people's personal lives.
...... Sympathy is all very well - but my branch of therapy requires me to be useful to people in difficulty and to cooperate in FINDING SOLUTIONS. We aim to encourage support and enable clients to cope with life better - improving attitudes to their circumstances, feelings about themselves or others, or their mental or physical capacity to handle situations more competently and effectively.
......One of the most helpful initial stages is assist people to better understand their difficulties and to realise that their reactions are generally normal .... peopel usually to find that their problem is by no means so uncommon or as difficult they had thought.
......I never know what's coming. It's endlessly fascinating. Problems vary greatly in difficulty and complexity. Often a bit of imaginative 'sideways thinking' - very characteristic of the Ericksonian approach - can find a way forward with an apparently overwhelming challenge.
...... Sometimes it's a process of systematically building awareness and skills - often with the aid of hypnotic work - until the client has an adequate repertoire to manage and continue for themselves.
.......On other occasions people need help to identify, face and cope with realities which they find disturbing or might rather avoid - but whose avoidance is restricting and damaging their lives or the lives of those around them.
...... Because of the complexity of the processes involved - and probably because of my capacity to hold a stable framework through stressful exchanges - helping couples to resolve their difficulties is something I find particularly engaging and rewarding.
The work can be deeply affecting and demanding. Sympathetic support, energy and resourcefulness are required to cope with dark moods and stretched emotions, to navigate through disillusion or despair and get things shipshape and back on course - or - if necessary - ended on an amicable basis.
...... Ericksonian work is very special in this respect. Though totally relaxed in style, every moment has potential to influence the process. Ericksonians are very aware of the subtlety of language and gesture which can either support and develop transformative change or carelessly extinguish some little flame of possible insight or inspiration. Clients can learn how to do this too and bring about great benefits to themselves and others through learning to use just that little bit of extra skill and effort m which makes all the difference.
.......So profound is this perspective that even HM Government have become aware of some of the simpler asperts of this work. For over a decade HMG have deployed a special unit to develop the use of 'nudge politics ' to apply some of these strategies in the public domain.
( You might like to read J Haley ' My voice will go with you ' for anecdotal insights into the foundations of Milton Erickson's discoveries and approach. Also David Halpern ' Inside the nudge unit ; how small changes can make a big difference '.)
...... Although we operate in a much more modest framework - it is no less profound. Every time I go into my practice room and sit in that special space - with that alive 'switched on feeling ' - waiting for the doorbell to ring - I know that - no matter how great or small - something special is going to happen.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I have both artistic and scientific skills and like to use both. I found some good outlets for both in my applied research and consultancy work - which involved a lot of contact in negotiating with clients and interviewing people - but always - the end result was implemented through programs and policies under the control of others.
Counseling and therapy - require more of a 'whole person' engagement - and helps people directly - which I enjoy witnessing - and which I find very rewarding.
Why should our clients choose you?
... With thirty years experience in the field - and with my previous research and consultancy training - my systematic thinking and investigation skills enable me to be very adroit at seeing things clearly and getting to the essentials quickly.
... Thus - in addition to the normal normal supportive skills - and with a much wider than average skill set in the therapy field - I am able to offer a service to clients which is sympathetic and understanding - but also brief, thorough and effective.
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